Sweet Potato Fries Recipe: Men Make Dinner Day

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Cajun Baked Sweet Potato Fries
PHOTO CREDIT: Minimalist Baker

Sweet potato fries are the new side order that everyone raves about, including myself. This recipe comes from Minimalist Baker an incredible vegan chef who runs an enviable blog where she creates recipes that make you stomach growl. This recipe for cajun baked sweet potato fries makes us all here at Idle HQ very hungry and wanting to try it out!

Here at Idle HQ we have decided to give you something a little different. Other than Bonfire Night, the 5th of November is host to something else, Men Make Dinner Day. This day is purely dedicated to men making the dinner for their friends or partners, so it's time to put your apron on, cook up a storm in the kitchen and get your creative hats on because you'll want to cook to impress!

Men Make Dinner Day was started by Sandy Sharkey and she's been pushing men off of the sofa and into the kitchen to their partners' cries of joy. So lads, put down the beer and the remote and pick up a whisk, you never know, you may even like it!

We have teamed up with some of the best restaurants, food bloggers and chefs to create a fantastic e-Book filled with amazing recipes from mac and cheese to haute cuisine - so whether you're feeling fancy or like to keep it simple then there is a recipe in this book for you.

Check out the latest from Minimalist Baker by following her on Twitter | Instagram and check out the rest of our Men Make Dinner Day Recipes here.

Cajun Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Probably a national favourite, sweet potato fries have overtaken the normal frie as being the go-to side dish for many. How can you improve on greatness you say? Well, you can with cajun baked sweet potato fries, I’m sure your mouths are drooling at the very thought of them. Your other half will be sure to love every morsel of this side dish and even ask for seconds.


  • 2 large sweet potatoes, scrubbed clean (organic when possible)
  • 2 Tbsp olive, canola or melted coconut oil
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1½  tsp garlic powder
  • 1½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 1½ tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried (or 2 tsp fresh) thyme
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper*
  • OPTIONAL: 1 Tbsp sugar of choice (coconut + cane are best)


Preheat oven to 220℃. Leave the skin on and cut sweet potatoes into thin, even match sticks with a very sharp knife then transfer to two baking sheets and drizzle with olive oil. Then sprinkle with seasonings, sugar and toss.

Transfer fries to 1 large or 2 baking sheets and arrange in a single layer to ensure they crisp up. Bake for 15 minutes and flip/stir to cook on the other side. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes more, or until brown and crispy. You'll know they're done when the edges are dark brown and crispy.

Remove from oven and either serve as is, or drizzle with a bit of maple syrup or honey to offset spiciness. Serve plain or with your favourite dip, such as whiskey BBQ ketchup.

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